Corks 'N Forks - December/Jan 2019 Update

Dear Members

I’m pleased to report that our 7th Annual Black Tie Henschke Dinner held on 23 November in the Macquarie Room was an overwhelming success, greatly enjoyed by the 85 members and their guests who attended. It was almost midnight before the last few stragglers ventured home.

The favourite white wine was the 2017 ‘Percival’s Mill’ Gruner Ventliner, and the favourite red the 2007 ‘Henry's Seven’ Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro blend, which matched beautifully the main course of veal tenderloin and its accompanying sautéed mushrooms and truffle cream – the favourite food/wine combination. The 2007 ‘Henry’s Seven’ was served alongside the 2016 vintage of the same wine, and it was interesting to see and taste how a good young wine can morph into a splendid older wine.

The options game was a hoot, and because of a mistake I made when identifying the winner from the last 2 contestants left standing, we ended up with 2 ‘winners’ – Dominique Murrant and Alex Cook, both of whom will receive a prize. The mystery wine was the 2015 Vidal Reserve Syrah from Hawkes Bay in New Zealand.

So onto next year, when Corks ‘n’ Forks has in mind some great tasting ‘tours’ and dinners, including our now traditional Bastille and Henschke Dinners. Our trip away next year will be a food and wine focused trip to Tasmania from 29 October to 3 November. For more details please ring me on 0411 103 119 or send an email to

Best wishes for the festive season to you all. We look forward to seeing you, palates refreshed, in 2019.

Graeme Jones
For the Corks ‘n’ Forks Committee

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